Environmental Program Evaluation

Topical Interest Group


The EPE TIG has over 300 members who specialize in  environmental arenas  including education, energy, international and global environmental issues.  We share a personal and professional passion for the environment, and for promoting a stronger community of practice in environmental evaluation. The members of the TIG are an inspiring, resourceful, and dynamic community of evaluators – many of whom are leaders in their field. New practitioners learn from the experience of long time evaluators, and more established practitioners learn from the diverse perspectives of an ever-growing member base. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to): 




Evaluations of Conservation Biology              

  • Ecological monitoring and assessment (e.g., habitat or species restoration)
  • Human dimensions of resource management




Evaluations of Environmental Policy, Programs and Management

  • Policy and practice change initiatives
  • Program and policy effectiveness and environmental outcomes
  • Program and policy implementation across local, regional and national levels


    Evaluations of Environmental & Conservation Education
  • Environmental & Conservation Education in public and private school settings, and/or non-formal settings
  • Educational impacts of environmental and conservation education on learning

Evaluations of Energy Programs

  • Improvement of energy efficiency & conservation program management
  • Measurement of demand-side management programs 
  • Impact of social marketing and incentive programs on consumer behavior

Evaluations of International Global Issues

  • Education and will-building in support of environmental issues
  • International treaties, consortiums
  • Climate change practices, policies


AnnouncementsEvaluation 2020


Since the AEA 2020 conference virtual there was no travel but you can make a carbon offset for any travel you might have done anyway.  For details click on the "Connect" tab above.

EPE TIG Field Trip

Since the AEA Conference is virtual there was no physical EPE TIG Field Trip.

EPE TIG Business Meeting

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 5:30-6:30 EST

The TIG Officers remain the same as last year but we are looking for people interested in becoming EPE TIG officers. Contact Allison Van if you are interested.
Dawn Valentine volunteered to be the new newsletter editor for the EPE TIG. She invites all EPE TIG members to send information about their activities, publications, and links to interesting articles or podcasts related to EPE TIG concerns with ecological evaluation and climate change to Dawn Valentine .

EPE TIG BYO-everything Reception with Beverly Parsons, Michael Quinn Patton and more.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 6:30-? EST

This virtual event was very well-received, bringing together evaluators interested in Blue Marble Evaluation, Visionary Evaluation, and many other ideas and frameworks around effectively responding to climate change.  After a brief introduction we broke into separate Zoom rooms for discussions with former AEA Presidents Beverly Parsons (VIsionary Evaluation) and Michael Quinn Patton (Blue Marble Evaluation).  We also heard from Scott Chaplowe, who was running for the AEA Board.


Friday, October 30, 2020 10-10:45 EST

2151: Applying trauma-informed evaluation to climate change disasters

Susan Wolfe and Allison Van explored the ways evaluation must adapt as mass collective traumas become more common (like the collective trauma we’re all in now!), offering initial thinking about how to apply and adapt trauma-informed evaluation to disasters.

Friday, October 30, 2020  12-12:45 EST

2475: Climate Change is a Wicked Problem – how can evaluators help funders and program staff learn quickly enough?

It is imperative that evaluators figure out how to best help strategists and implementers working on climate change mitigation learn quickly about what works, what doesn’t and why. This interactive Think Tank will explore learning strategies and actions we can take.

Friday, October 30, 2020 1:30-2:15 EST

1917: Presidential Strand– Evaluation and the Challenge of Our Time

The urgency of climate change presents an opportunity for action by evaluators on what is arguably the most pressing challenge we face not just as evaluators, but as inhabitants on this planet. The climate crisis is one of humanity’s great moral moments. There are no bystanders; the outcomes affect us all and future generations.

How can evaluators engage in the challenge of our time?

Friday, October 30, 2020 1:30-2:15 EST (TIME MAY CHANGE- CHECK PROGRAM)

2209: Evaluators’ Role in Creating a More Inclusive Climate Resilient World

Rupu Gupta highlighted a model for culturally responsive evaluation practices in community-focused climate resilience contexts. The session can be found at:


Thursday, October 29, 2020  12-12:45 EST

2549: Building for Resilience: The Role of Urban Infrastructure Development Projects to Support Displaced Communities (Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation TIG)

A multi-country study captured the current state of urban capacity to address climate-related migration and displacement – highlighting broader gaps in land use, zoning, and donor-related policy that could help mitigate current and future challenges as climate change exacerbates urban fragility.